Paris is one of the most diverse cities in the world, with world class architecture, a rich history, the best restaurants and the very best fashion there is something here for all tastes. If you only have a limited amount of time in ‘The City of Light’ it can be difficult to know where to start, here is a roundup of my top attractions in Paris.
The Eiffel Tower
No list of the top attractions in Paris would be complete without mentioning possibly the cities most iconic attraction, The Eiffel Tower. Since its opening in the World Trade Fair in 1889, The Tower has welcomed over 200 million visitors to enjoy the unparalleled views of the Parisian landscape from its observation decks. The Eiffel Tower has also been the backdrop of many a romantic moment in the French capital and glitters with coloured lights once every hour during the evenings that can be seen across the city for miles around. A must see when visiting the city.
Sacre Coeur and Montmartre
The instantly recognisable Sacre Coeur and its signature white dome sits upon Paris’ highest point, Montmartre Knoll. Montmartre boasts a village like atmosphere with shops, cafes and street artists lining its winding streets, this area is where visitors can experience cafe culture at its best as you sit outside and enjoy a coffee and a pastry as you watch the Parisian world go by. The view from the Sacre Coeur is incredible and the church itself can provide a more relaxed and serene atmosphere compared with some of the busier attractions.
The construction of Notre Dame Cathedral begin in the 12th century and was eventually completed in the 14th century, despite its age the cathedral is still one of the most impressive gothic cathedrals in the world. At one time Notre Dame Cathedral was the very heart of Paris and inspired the work of Victor Hugo in his classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame. As a visitor to the cathedral you can marvel at the fantastic architecture, visit the museum dedicated to the cathedral itself and climb the great towers where you can peer through the magnificent rose stained glass windows and experience the view point of a gargoyle across the city.
The Louvre is home to the largest and most comprehensive collection of pre 20th century art in the world and is a must see when visiting Paris. Even if art isn’t your favourite thing, The Louvre houses the internationally recognisable Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo along with over 35,000 other individual pieces of art work. The building, The Palais du Louvre and its glass prism appearance is a tourist attraction in its own right and a lovely afternoon can be spent here and the nearby Tuileries gardens.
Although not in the centre of Paris, if visiting with children a trip to Disneyland Paris is a must providing fun for all the family! Visitors to the park can enjoy the fantastic rides, shows, parades and of course meet all of your favourite Disney characters within the parks 5 imaginary lands. As with anything associated with Disney, the park will provide life long memories for your youngsters as well as a fun day out for the grownups if you require a day away from the more cultural attractions in the city of Paris itself.
These are all must sees if you are in Paris but there are also so many other sculptures and places to visit that no one ever mentions so make sure you look for those as well.